Archive for September, 2015

Actual US-China MOU Following President Xi Visit

Following Chinese President Xi’s visit to the U.S. last week, we have found little actual material specifically pointing to an agreement on economic cyber espionage activity between the U.S. and China.  As of today, we have the White House Fact Sheet, the joint statement from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, […]

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China Continues to Sponsor, Facilitate Cyber Operations Against Neighbors

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Round Up, both eWeek and The Hacker News have reported that China has, or is currently sponsoring cyber intrusions into civil, government and military organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  Whereas, both Information Week, and eWeek  linked the Naikon hacking group to an ongoing Advanced Persistent Threat campaign launched against several […]

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NATO Conference on Cyber Conflict materials now available.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia has now posted online many materials from its 2015 Conference on Cyber Conflict.  This year’s topic, “Architectures in Cyberspace,” asked what cyberspace is and will be in the coming years as well as how cyber security will develop.  Included are 17 documents of proceedings, and approximately […]

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Cyber Round Up: China, US Reach Cyber ‘Understanding’, Chinese Military Unit Responsible for ‘Naikon’, Pakistan Government Websites Hacked

China and US Reach Cyber ‘Understanding’ (White House):  The White House released a statement on September 25 announcing that President Obama and Chinese President Xi an ‘understanding’ on issues of cyber security in the commercial sector.  According to the statement, both nations agreed to commit to refrain from conducting or knowingly supporting the “misappropriation of […]

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Cyber Round Up: Obama Administration and Smartphone Encryption, Forcing Suspects to Reveal Phone Passwords is Unconstitutional, China Cybersecurity Agreement Will Leave U.S. Companies Vulnerable

The Obama Administration Explored ways to Bypass Smartphone Encyryption (The Washington Post):  An Obama administration task force explored available options to allow law enforcement to access encrypted communications, according to the article.  The Washington Post reported that the task force developed a set of principles to guide the use of, and access to encrypted information […]

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OPM Data Breach Possibly part of Larger Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Forbes reports that it now appears that the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) data breach may have been part of a larger cyber strategy.  Whereas the original OPM data breach resulted in the compromise of over 21M comprehensive personnel files that contained extensive personally identifiable information (PII) that was stored within 120+ page SF-86 […]

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Cyber Round Up: OPM Breach Worse than Previously Thought, ISIL Threatens UK With Cyber Attack, Chinese President Stresses Cooperation with US

More Fingerprints Stolen In OPM Breach (Dow Jones Newswire):  The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) recently announced that the hackers who breached their system stole 5.6 million fingerprint records, according to the Dow Jones Newswire.  Previously, OPM estimated that 1.1 million people had their fingerprints stolen, the newswire reported.  The article reported that according to a spokesperson […]

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U.S. and China Working on Bilateral Cyber Arms Deal

The United States and China will negotiate a cyber arms deal during Chinese President Xi’s visit to Washington this week, reports The New York Times.  According to the article, officials involved in the talks told The New York Times that the deal will most likely include a commitment by each party to “be the first to […]

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Cyber Round Up: Homeland Security websites vulnerable to cyber attack, Kremlin-backed hackers spying on Europe, Asia, US: cybersecurity firm, Cyberthreat Posed by China and Iran Confounds White House

Homeland Security Websites Vulnerable to Cyber Attack — Audit (Reuters): An Inspector General (IG) Audit identified vulnerabilities on internal websites at both the United States Secret Service (USSS) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Reuters reported.  The Reuters article states that the issues identified could allow unauthorized users to access sensitive data and the websites in question […]

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UN Group Releases Report on the International Security of Information and Communications Technologies

The 2015 Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security released its report containing recommendations to address threats that stem from the use of information and communications technologies (“ICTs”) by both states and non-states.  The group was composed of governmental experts from the United States, […]

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography


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